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Iwakuni Castle [1/3] The Chalk Castle, famous for its Kintai bridge, is towering on the mountain.

Iwakuni Castle [1/3] The Chalk Castle, famous for its Kintai bridge, is towering on the mountain.

Iwakuni Castle is a modern castle built on Yokoyama Yamagami in 1608 as a natural moat in the Nishiki River which flows through the foot of the Nishikawa Hirohito Yoshikawa who became the Iwakuni 3 million stone after Sekigahara (the third son of Motoharu Yoshikawa, who was adopted by the Yoshikawa family). However, only seven years later, in 1615, the country was torn down by the decree of one castle and became the only house in the foothills. The current tower is a restoration of the Showa era, and the position was built in different places to see well from the foothills. The five-ream wooden arch bridge “Kintai Bridge” on the Nishiki River is bridged by the third-generation Lord Yoshikawa Hiroyoshi. Tower was reconstructed in 1962 by changing the location in reference to the appearance of the old drawings.

Basic Data >
Name: Iwakuni Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi ( map )
● Castle: Yoshikawa Hirohito (the grandson of Mori Motonari)
Completion: 1608 (Keicho 13 years)
-Remains: Tower units, Ishigaki, Kubori, Samurai Mansion
● Information: Iwakuni City TOURISM hp, KINTAI bridge hp

Links: Iwakuni Castle Visit-The one , two , three .

Visit >

iwakuni01-sFrom Shinkansen Shin-Iwakuni station to Kintaikyo Bus Center by bus. Before you go to the Kintai bridge in front of you, buy a set ticket 930 yen for the Kintai bridge Irihashi fee + Iwakuni Castle admission fee + Ropeway round-trip at the center window (a total of 1100 yen when buying separately locally). Don’t forget to leave your luggage in the locker.

iwakuni02-sKintai Bridge Explanation board. The current arch is devised by Hiroyoshi Yoshikawa, the third-generation lord of Iwakuni, and crosslinked. It is said that it had 250 years to spill by a large typhoon in 1950. It is thought that the strength decrease by the maintenance shortage of the wartime, the deforestation of the forest, and the gravel mass collection by the U.S. Army after the war are factors. The current Kintai bridge was replaced in 2003. By the way, the civilian was not allowed to cross the Kintai bridge at the time of the feudal government (samurai and some merchants can only pass).

iwakuni03-sOn the other side of the Kintai Bridge is the tower of Iwakuni Castle. The tower is seen from the foot, and it changes the place of tower on this side a little not on the tower of the Keicho when rebuilding the Showa era.

iwakuni04-sA staple shot of Kintai Bridge and Iwakuni Castle Tower.

iwakuni05-sView of Iwakuni Castle Tower from Kintai Bridge. There is a difference of height of the arch than Kintai Bridge thought, and the feeling of climbing up and down is amazing.

iwakuni06-sFrom the top of the Kintai Bridge, look down at the Nishigawa River, Iwakuni Castle Natural moat. It’s a quiet and beautiful river, but it’s going to be as much flow as a Kintai bridge in the case of a typhoon (reference: Apicture of a runoff in 1950 ).

iwakuni07-sWhen you cross the Kintai bridge, the foothills are being developed as Yoshika Park. In the place where there was a former senior samurai’s mansion, there are several residences, and there are many sightseeing facilities, and there are a lot of sights. First of all, let’s look at the facilities in Silkeborg to the Ropeway station. (Rest after Shimoyama)

iwakuni08-sThe first thing you see across the bridge is the statue of Yoshihiro Yoshikawa, who stands at the entrance of Yoshika Park. It is famous for having built the Kintai bridge which is a modern form in Iwakuni Lord of the third generation.

iwakuni09-sNext, the Nagayamon of the Iwakuni clan, Kagawa family, which remains from the Edo period. It is said that Massune Kagawa was built in Genroku years (circa 1690).

iwakuni10-sNear the center of Yoshika Park. It is a place of the citizens ‘ recreation now though the samurai residence might have lined up in this area old times.

iwakuni11-sFountain facility in the center of Yoshika Park. It is published because it had become the design like the tower stand when looking closely. It does not look quite so from the entrance side.

iwakuni12-sThe old mansion in front of the fountain is the former Mekada family house. It is a heavy sentence.

iwakuni13-sOld Mekada House Description board. It is said that it was an intermediate samurai of Tomoyuki 170 stone in the retainer from the time of the Yoshikawa Hirohito. The existing mansion was built in the late 18th century (about 250 years ago). Restoration work in 1978.

iwakuni14-sThen, we went to the museum of the White Snake living in Iwakuni. It is said that a living white snake can be seen. There is a legend that the wish comes true when the white snake is seen in the Shinto shrine etc. (such as Okami Shrine in Nara). You have to watch this.

iwakuni15-sThe White Snake explanation Board of Iwakuni. Natural Monument! It is not a mutation, but an example that is concentrated in a certain region and is rare worldwide. Is it true that the Iwakuni White Snake Preservation Society of Japan?

iwakuni16-sAnd, a request from the Iwakuni White Snake Preservation Society. Because it costs a lot of money, I would like to thank you for your good will. There is a box at the entrance. Let’s put some in and enter in.

According to the explanation board of the museum, the white snake of Iwakuni is a green variety of aodaisho. In addition, because there might be a person who is not good at reptiles and the snake about the photograph of the white snake, I leave it to another link. If you want to see, please click here → Iwakuni shirthe snake photo 1

Looking at the white snake, from the Ropeway station in front of it to the mountain at once.

iwakuni19mt-sView from the Ropeway. Yokoyama is about 200m altitude, and the Kintai Bridge will be overlooking to the Seto Inland Sea if the weather is good.

iwakuni20-sTo the mountain. There is a strange name “Shiroyama fun”. According to the map, tower and tower are like a melody on the other side of the mountain trail. Let’s go there first. There are two roads, so you can see wells and empty trenches, and go through the way you say in the figure.

iwakuni21-sThis is great fishing. According to the explanatory board, it was made at the time of the Keicho 13 years, and it is told that it is a well with not only the role as the hangar of the weapon ammunition in the emergency but also the escape entrance at the time of falling castle. Such a legend is transmitted to the castle of various places (wells), but there is often no such a road when actually investigating it. How about here?

iwakuni22-sBecause the lid was not unusually in the well, it peeps from the top of the fence. It is understood that it is a considerable size from the stone wall which surrounds a well tightly.

iwakuni23-sIf you cross the well, you will see the old tower. Although it was once destroyed and buried, the position and size were found by excavations in recent years, and the tower units were restored. Since this is the back side, let’s look firmly again when going to see the tower. First, to the back.

iwakuni24-sA large empty moat remains in the North next to the Restoration tower. The Honmaru and Kitanomaru are divided by this. The old times might have been a deeper empty moat from the angle of width and the slope although the soil and the stone fell and grass grew shallow.

iwakuni25-sEmpty Moat explanation board. 20m wide, 10m in depth. It is called the scale which was built consciously of the attack by the gun.

iwakuni25a-sIn the Silkeborg, the stone which seems to be a remnant of the Stonewall which came out when the castle was torn is scattered.

iwakuni26-sWhen I got to kitanomaru beyond the sky digging, I found a mountain path from the wheel to the back. It is named a stroll road around Kitanomaru. It is dark in the photograph, and the stone is rumbling when looking at the back a little in the locale. This is going to be worth a visit. According to the map of the pamphlet, it looks like a route to Honmaru again by circumventing around Kitanomaru.

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Date of Visit: December, 2013
Imaging Equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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